19 Sep 2016

Fiji opposition demands answers over deportations

3:29 pm on 19 September 2016

An opposition MP in Fiji says the government must explain why it deported two men from the country last week after reports of a business dispute.

Fiji's Director of Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa confirmed the two had been deemed persona non-grata.

They are employees of MWH Global, a multinational which is the lead contractor for the Fiji Roads Authority.

Fiji's shadow minister for transport and infrastructure, Aseri Radrodro, said the high-handed tactics portrayed a negative image of Fiji's labour laws, and could cost Fiji economically.

He said he had been told the MWH staff had not been paid since March, but there needed to be a public explanation to alleviate concerns.

In a statement issued in Australia, MWH said neither it, nor its employees, were aware of the reasons for the deportations, but refused to make any further comment.

Earlier this month, it was reported that MWH and the Fiji Roads Authority were engaged in a payment dispute believed to be worth millions of dollars.